TOPS Chapter 9319 El Dorado Springs met in the United Methodist Church, 201 E Broadway on Thursday, July 25, for their weekly weigh-in and meeting.

Leader Sheryl Ann called our meeting to order and Kay led us in singing “A New Image.” We said our TOPS & KOPS pledges.

Marilyn led us in a series of exercises.

Sheryl led us in roll call & walking report. Twenty-Five weighed in today and the chapter had a net loss of 8.8 lbs. Best loser was Sue C with a loss of 5.6 lbs. Congratulations Sue.

We sang Happy Birthday to Marilyn who will be celebrating her birthday on July 31.

Marble game:  Marie won the right to draw for a marble but did not get the winning one. Pot was at $65 this week.

Juanita took the contest results today since Susan and Melissa were gone, there are 5 weeks left in the summer contest.

Secret pals were reveled today.

Next week will be installation of officers.

Mary presented the program today. She talked to us about the Fitbit. Since several of us have one version or another of the Fitbit she said there are several things it does we may not be aware of. She showed us how to use it to keep track of calories burned, calories consumed, our sleep pattern, water consumption, and of course steps taken. She compared the Fitbit app to the new “Noom.” The difference is Noom charges a monthly fee but does provide a personal trainer. However, she pointed out TOPS is a perfect trainer as we provide support, ideas and an eating plan. The cost is much less. The contact is personal and you make friends along the way.

If you do not have a fit bit there is an app called My Fitness Pal that will provide food and activity tracking for you as well.

Thank you, Mary, for helping us find more things to help us in our weigh loss journey.

Jean brought the tasting sample today. It was Indian Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani). The spices in it were garam masala, coriander and cumin.

Carol will bring the tasting dish next week.

With no other business meeting was adjourned with our motto “IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME”.

TOPS #MO 9319 meets each Thursday morning in the Methodist Church at 201 E Broadway, El Dorado Springs. Weigh-in starts at 7:45 a.m. the meeting begins at 8:45 a.m. and is over by 10 a.m.

Are you ready to stop dieting and start making real changes? TOPS can help you reach your weight-loss goals by providing you with the tools, information, support and accountability you need to be successful. After all, this has been a winning formula for TOPS members just like you for 70 years. We welcome women and men of all ages and couples are encouraged to join. We currently have two couples in our group who have found it fun and encouraging. We encourage healthy eating and offer support through our chapter and the National Chapter of TOPS. We have a lot of fun in our weight loss journey and make lifelong friendships. First visit is free with no obligation.

For more information call Sheryl Walker at 417 876 5699, Linda Hall at 417 876 6467, TOPS toll-free number 1 800-932-8677 or you can find us on the web at

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